Sunday, March 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
The Dylans & Cohens of the Golden Age of Spain: Hebrew Poetry of 1001 Nights & Contemporary Israeli Music

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A thousand years ago, in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean world of Muslim and Christian Spain, Hebrew culture produced the greatest body of Jewish poetry since the Bible, influenced by Greek wisdom texts, Arabic love of poetry and Islamic reverence for the written word. In this urban Jewish society, radically different from the shtetl culture of Eastern Europe, stars like Shmuel HaNagid, Ibn Gvirol and Yehuda HaLevi composed Hebrew poetry of beauty, sensuality and pre-Shulkhan Aruch Judaism, and now in 21st century Israel, that poetry has been enthusiastically set to Israeli popular music.  An introduction to the Golden Age of Hebrew poetry in Spain of 1000 – 1200 AD, and a listen to contemporary Israeli renditions of that poetry, a millennium later

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Benjamin Rubin

Benjamin Rubin is a Toronto lawyer by trade. Under his pen name, eBenBrandeis, he composes poetry, lyrics and YouTube video poems. He has edited and published a book of contemporary Jewish humor, translated from the Hebrew an autobiography of life in pre-war Pinsk, Poland, and was... Read More →

Sunday March 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Music Room

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